The HP Pro 8600 Plus is a new printer designed by Hewlett Packard for its professional/business range of printers. The HP 8600 packs efficiency and quality all in one neatly designed shell. HP is famed for producing some of the best printers on the market. There touch of elegance, quality and price is portrayed throughout all there range; though the best combination of this is revealed through the HP Pro 8600 Plus.
Like its predecessor (HP Pro 8500A Plus), the HP 8600 is the leading model of the inkjet range. It has a built in fax machine, copier and scanner. The 8600 has now been made faster with an average of 20 sheets per minute for non colour and 15 for colour, although these figures can reach up to 30 sheets per minute, it really depends on the quality of the what is being printed. Print quality has also been improved so now you can get professional looking images for half the cost. If you combine this printer with the right type of paper, the quality is instantly taken to the next level. The images produced are extremely crisp and clear. The quality of the print from the 8600 is as close as you will get to laser print quality. For non colour the 8600 can have a dpi up to 1200×600 and for colour it can have a dpi of up to 4800×1200.
Turning away from performance and onto design, it is clear that HP wanted the 8600 to have a sleek yet professional look, it’s magnificent modern style and matte paint job helps the 8600 to stand out from the rest of the crowd. At a closer look, the 8600 is capable of holding up to 250 sheets of paper in it standard tray, but has the option to have a second tray inserted underneath the first one. This is good for those of you who do huge amounts of printing and hate the hassle of keep having to reload the tray with more paper. The addition of a USB and SD slot makes the 8600 even more delightful as work can be printed straight from any external device. The 8600 will require quite a lot of space as it sits at exactly 31.5cm (H) x 41.28cm(L) x 49.4cm(W), this will not be so good for those of you who have a limited space.
The 8600 comes with a built in 10.9cm touch screen that can be adjusted for either sitting or standing position. The touch screen although quite unresponsive is the main control hub of the 8600, from which you control the scanner, copier and fax. The touch screen can also be used to access apps from the hp website that can be used to enhance the user experience. With the option of connecting to the network and the internet, the 8600 can have a range of apps download for it; it can also take advantage of cloud printing using ePrint, any smart phone can email work to the printer to be printed from anywhere.
Another one is an app called apple AirPrint which allows any IOS device on the network to print send anything directly to the printer for printing.
However the most amazing thing about this printer is its efficiently, although it takes 4 ink cartridges, it can use each one of them to their maximum potential utilising them to print 2500 (non colour) sheets each, to put this into perspective, an average printer does about 400 sheets per cartridges. The 8600 also only uses 34 watts of per when it is in uses and 2.21 watts when it is in standby mode.
The price for the HP Pro 8600 Plus is around £180-£220
- Extremely efficient
- Good print quality
- high-quality build
- Excellent design
- fast copier
- fast print speeds
- Slow scanner
- touch screen a but unresponsive
All in all, he HP 8600 plus is an excellent bit of kit to have; it outshines most if not all inkjet printers on the market. For £200 there are a lot of options available however if you are looking for a good solid printer for a home business or office, then look no further.
Other alternatives may include:
HP LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP
HP Officejet Pro 8500A
Epson Stylus BX635FWD
Cannon PIXMA MG8250
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